Weekly Update: Week of May 30, 2016

Overview this week:

In ALL CORE CLASSES this week, students will be working on preparing for their Relationships TED Talk. They will be applying their research about the Materials Economy and their biome, as well as what they discovered about sustainable solutions. They will also be applying their speech writing and performing skills from English.


Need to Know:

  1. This is the last week for students to make up or redo any work in tutorials.
  1. Click HERE to see a video slideshow of our Future Forecast Convention on the blog!

Homework:

Read every day!

Weekly Update: Week of May 23, 2016

 

Overview this week:

In Social Studies, students are finalizing their research about how the Materials Economy impacts a biome that they have studied in science; they are learning about problems as well as finding and/or developing sustainable solutions. Over the next two weeks, they will be supported in all core subjects in order to write and perform a TED talk style speech on their topic.

In English, students will be giving their speeches about a favorite book or genre from the semester – students have been assigned to present on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday this week.


Need to Know:

1. This is the final week for students to work on their Genre Reading Goals.

– All genre entry forms should be finished by the beginning of next week.

2. Genre Wheel Persuasive Speeches are this week: May 24, 25, and 26.

3. Click HERE to see a video slideshow of our Future Forecast Convention!


Homework this week:

​1.  MONDAY NIGHT – FINISH PRESENTATION SLIDES

2. Read a minimum of ​20-​30 minutes a day

​​3. Genre Wheel Entries (for finished books)


 

Table Talk:

– How does the Materials Economy relate to the Earth’s ecosystems?

– What are some “sustainable” solutions to problems in the Materials Economy?

– What have you learned while working on the genre wheel goal?

– What are some new genres and books that you have grown to love?

Weekly Update: Week of May 16, 2016

Overview this week:

In Social Studies, we are applying our study of the Materials Economy to our final interdisciplinary performance task on relationships. The students will research the impact of the Materials Economy on a biome that they have studied in science, finding problems associated with the Materials Economy as well as finding and/or developing sustainable solutions. They will write and perform a TED talk style speech over the next three weeks.

In English, students are writing their scripts for a speech about a favorite book or genre from the semester. They will perform the speech next week in class – students have been assigned to present next week on either Tuesday (5/24), Wednesday (5/25), or Thursday (5/26) next week (they will know which day by today).


Need to Know:

1. This Friday, May 20 = Last Day for Summer Book Checkout from the Library. All books not checked out for summer need to be returned by this day.

2. Students are still working on their Genre Reading Goals for the month of May.

– They should be filling out a genre entry for each book they read toward this goal.

3. Genre Wheel Persuasive Speeches for English will take place May 24, 25, and 26.


 

Homework this week:

​1.  MONDAY NIGHT – FINISH PARAGRAPH PLANNING SHEET

2.  ​Read a minimum of ​20-​30 minutes a day

​​3. Genre Wheel Entries (for finished books)


Table Talk:

– How does the Materials Economy relate to the Earth’s ecosystems?

– What are some “sustainable” solutions to problems in the Materials Economy?

– What do you need to accomplish during your last month (May) of the genre wheel goal?

– D​o you need a book recommendation?

– What will you read over the summer?

Weekly Update: Week of May 10, 2016

Overview this week: 

In Social Studies, we are finalizing our study of the Materials Economy, this week focusing on sustainable solutions. We are working our way toward an interdisciplinary project at the end of the year. In English, students are beginning to write their scripts for a speech about a favorite book or genre from the semester.


Need to Know:

1. Summer Book Checkout is TOMORROW! (Wed. 5/11)

– PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT to help your student prepare for tomorrow.

– Students should bring back ALL LIBRARY BOOKS tomorrow to return or renew.

2. Quiz THIS Thurs 5/12 (Walker HB) and Fri 5/13 (McKnight HB) on Materials Economy.

3. Students are still working on their Genre Reading Goals for the month of May.

4. Genre Wheel Persuasive Speeches will begin the week of May 23rd.


Homework this week:

​1. ​Read a minimum of ​20-​30 minutes a day

​​2. Genre Wheel Entries (for finished books)


Table Talk:

– What are the stages of the Materials Economy?

– What are some of the negative effects of each stage?

– What makes a decision “sustainable”?

What are some ways that “consumers” can make more sustainable decisions?

– What do you need to accomplish during your last month (May) of the genre wheel goal?

D​o you need a book recommendation?

– What will you read over the summer?

Weekly Update: Week of May 3, 2016

Overview this week:

In Social Studies, we are continuing our study of the Materials Economy, this week focusing on the relationships between distribution, consumption, and disposal. We are working our way toward an interdisciplinary project at the end of the year in which students write and perform a TED talk-style speech about how a specific ecosystem is impacted by the Materials Economy. In English, students are brainstorming and researching information for a speech they will write about a favorite book or genre from the semester. Meanwhile, students are still meeting with me individually​ for their compare and contrast reading conference.


Need to Know:

1. Students are still working on their Genre Reading Goals for the month of May.

– Completing an  entry form for each book they read toward this goal.

2. Grades in Power School have been updated for both English and Social Studies.

3. Summer Book Checkout time will be given to students NEXT Wednesday 5/11.

PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT for tips and information.

4. Quiz NEXT Thursday 5/12 (Walker HB) and Friday 5/13 (McKnight HB) on the Materials Economy.

– We will review in class next week.

5. Genre Wheel Persuasive Speeches will begin the week of May 23rd.


Homework this week:

​1. ​Read a minimum of ​20-​30 minutes a day

​​​2. Genre Wheel Entries (for finished books)


Table Talk:

– What are the stages of the Materials Economy?

– What makes a decision “sustainable”?

– What do you need to accomplish during your last month (May) of the genre wheel goal?

– What are you currently reading?

– What genre will you read next?

– D​o you need a book recommendation?

What will you read over the summer?